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Florida, Proposal 97, Constitution, democracy, voting, initiative, Constitution Revision Commission

New-Fangled Vote Counting

Call me old-fashioned, but when you go to the pols to cast your vote on a ballot measure, your Yes vote should count for yes and your No vote for no. And if you choose not to vote, your non-vote should count for neither yes nor no. That’s just common

pre-crime, PKD, guns, gun control, shooting, Parkland, Florida, prevention, freedom

He Applied Himself

“I need to make this count,” wrote a young man in Everett, Washington. Unfortunately, it looks like he wasn’t attempting a big career-oriented project. He was planning a mass shooting. “I need to get the biggest fatality number I possibly can,” is one of many damning journal passages the police

Florida, school, shooter, shooting, mass killing, name, guns, gun control

Killer Inlaudabilis

On the day that Alexander the Great was born, or so the ancients tell us, a man named Herostratus burned down one of the Seven Wonders of the World, the Temple of Artemis at Ephesus. Why? Just for the infamy. Which is why the Ephesians proscribed mention of the man’s

Deyshia Hargrav, superintendent, schoolboard, Vermilion Parish school board, free speech, government, local government, Lozman v. Riviera Beach, Florida, Supreme Court

Lock Her Up

“Who Are We?” I asked Sunday at Today’s question: What have we come to? Under a seemingly click-bait headline in The Atlantic, “Can Government Officials Have You Arrested for Speaking to Them?” Garrett Epps examines last week’s outrageous handcuffing and arrest of a Louisiana teacher, Deyshia Hargrave, for speech

Councilman John Crescimbeni, term limits, congress, Florida, promises, politicians

Term Limits for the Memories

Opponents say term limits destroy “institutional knowledge.” Imagine legislatures where unsophisticated solons blindly fashion public policies lacking any knowledge of the pluses or minuses of past legislation. Well . . . actually that explanation bears a striking resemblance to the status quo in our career-dominated Congress. Who wants that? Now

Florida, Algae, pollution, responsibility

Algal Mess

Florida’s inland waters are clogging up with algae. You can now see the “algae bloom” from space. What’s the big deal? Well, it stinks. “The blue-green algae, also known as cyanobacteria, contain toxins that are highly dangerous to humans,” explains Harry Sayer at the Orlando Weekly. “Ingestion may cause nausea,

Let Us Drive

How about letting us drive? Who’s us? Passengers—taxi-ride buyers. Plus anyone else who participates in the market transactions that take us places. Many Orlando, Florida cabbies are eager to work with the ride-sharing company that makes the smartphone app Uber. They’re tired of leasing cabs for $129 a day while

Legislator Knows Best?

In Florida, microbreweries are growing, creating customer demand, profits and new jobs. In 2007, there were only seven such craft breweries in the entire state; by year’s end, nearly 90 will be open for business. Don’t worry, though, Sunshine State legislators are hard at work . . . getting in

How to Surrender Freedom

When in the fight for liberty should one give up? Never. Contrary to deterministic notions of social change, there’s nothing inevitable or permanent about any loss of our freedom. What then should we make of the words of Daily Debate scrivener Robert Tracinski? Noting criticism of Florida Governor Rick Scott

When It’s Smart to Play Dumb

In 1993, I was in Russia to witness Boris Yeltsin’s first referendums, which was perhaps the high point of Russian democracy. Along with the sweep of history, I also remember boarding a midnight train from Moscow to St. Petersburg and being accosted by some kind of Russian gendarme. This fellow

The Uncontroversial .45-Caliber Slug

Some legislation is “shoot from the hip” . . . not carefully thought out, but obviously echoing a not-uncommon sentiment, if not common sense itself. Florida’s Representative Brad Drake (R-Eucheeanna) has concocted a fine example, HB 325.  He got the idea from an overheard conversation. He was in a Waffle

Derailing Washington’s Train Fixation

The great age of trains — the 19th century — spawned a few amazing political careers, not excluding the railway lawyer, Abraham Lincoln. Many major railroads depended on moving politicians first, earth and iron second. More than ever, today’s passenger rail lines are creatures of the state. Amtrak loses money,

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